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Resources by Topic: Research methods and resources

Building the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Brief video overview of the creation of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) in 1987. Also describes some of FORHP's early work, including the establishment of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and the Rural Health Research Center program.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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CRCAIH Methodology Core: Tracking Health over Time and Geography
Shows the potential impact of the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health on health and health disparities. Looks at county-level health outcome data in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Ranks counties into six groups based on estimated health index. Includes maps showing the rankings and identifying reservation lands and locations of CRCAIH tribal partners.
Author(s): Jing Zhao, Morgan Nelson, Jessica Hanson, Susan Puumala
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health
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Disaggregating American Indian & Alaska Native Data: A Review of Literature
Discusses methods of disaggregating national data related to American Indian and Alaska Natives to better understand the disparities in health outcomes in tribal communities. Details different types of disaggregation, such as by age, geography, gender, and cultural and environmental similarities, among others. Features an annotated bibliography in the appendix.
Author(s): Malia Villegas, Amber Ebarb, Sarah Pytalski, Yvette Roubideaux
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center
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Clinical Training in the Rural Setting: Using Photovoice to Understand Student Experiences
Reports on a qualitative study of medical and physician assistant student training in 2 rural locations using photovoice, a participatory research methodology that combines photography and participant commentary.
Author(s): Emily M. Mader, Carrie Roseamelia, Sarah L. Lewis, et al.
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 16(2), 3877
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
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Identifying Rural Health Clinics in Medicaid Data
Describes and compares 6 different tested methods for identifying Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) within Medicaid claims as a technique to better understand Medicaid enrollees' use of RHC services. Uses data from North Carolina, California, Georgia, and Texas.
Author(s): Marisa Domino, Seth Tyree, Regina Rutledge, Mark Holmes
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Early Care, Early Education, and Home Visiting in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: Design Options for Assessing Early Childhood Needs
Highlights a report presenting a framework for future studies of the unmet needs in early childhood care, education, and home visiting in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Identifies study designs using existing data on the national level and designs requiring new data collection at the community level.
Author(s): Lizabeth Malone, Emily Knas, Michael Cavanaugh, Jerry West
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Mathematica Policy Research
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The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices
Seven research modules guiding food system planning, economic assessment, and analysis of data. Explains that local food production promotes rural economic revitalization and supports built capital invested in rural communities, and notes the importance of recognizing differences in rural and urban food issues.
Author(s): Dawn Thilmany McFadden, David Conner, Steven Deller, et al.
Date: 03/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Nonresponse Bias in Estimates From the 2012 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
An analysis of potential nonresponse bias in 2012 NAMCS estimates of physicians and visits to physicians. Includes data comparing metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and non-MSA response rates.
Author(s): Esther Hing, Iris M. Shimizu, Anjali Talwalkar
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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An Ethnographic Meta-Synthesis of Three Southwestern Rural Studies
Summarizes the findings from three ethnographic, community-partnered studies in the rural Colorado and New Mexico. Describes the process of meta-ethnography as a strategy for synthesizing findings.
Author(s): Jennifer B. Averill
Citation: Public Health Nursing, 33(1), 32-41
Date: 01/2016
Type: Document
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Bringing Community and Academic Scholars Together to Facilitate and Conduct Authentic Community Based Participatory Research: Project UNITED
Offers an overview of a community based participatory research (CBPR) grant proposal and a comprehensive CBPR obesity-related program to facilitate and promote collaboration between academic researchers and a community to address obesity related health disparities, primarily among African American communities in the rural South.
Author(s): Dwight Lewis Jr., Lea Yerby, Melanie Tucker, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(1), 35
Date: 01/2016
Type: Document
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